We’re getting the first look at An American Pickle, the Seth Rogen-starring comedy ahead of its August 6 premiere on HBO Max.
As Rogen himself describes on Twitter, “it is a classic tale of a guy falling in a pickle vat, getting brined, and waking up 100 years later in modern New York.”
Adapted by Simon Rich from his 2013 New Yorker novella Sell Out, An American Pickle stars Rogen as Herschel Greenbaum, a struggling laborer who immigrates to America in 1920 with dreams of building a better life for his beloved family. One day, while working at his factory job, he falls into a vat of pickles and is brined for 100 years. The brine preserves him perfectly and when he emerges in present day Brooklyn, he finds that he hasn’t aged a day. But when he seeks out his family, he is troubled to learn that his only surviving relative is his great-grandson Ben Greenbaum (also played by Rogen), a mild-mannered computer coder whom Herschel can’t even begin to understand.
Cast also includes Sarah Snook, Sean Whalen, Jorma Taccone, Joanna Adler, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Geoffrey Cantor, David Mattey, Charles Rogers and Kevin O’Rourke.
Brandon Trost directed the pic, which was produced by Rogen, Goldberg and James Weaver. Rich executive produced alongside Point Grey’s Alex McAtee and Ted Gidlow.
An American Pickle, from Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s Point Grey Pictures, will world premiere as the first HBO Max original film under the Warner Max movie label. WarnerMedia acquired global rights the film on April 27 from Sony, which had planned a 2020 theatrical release for it before the coronavirus shutdown, after which the Culver City studio was forced to shift most of the pics on its feature slate to 2021.
Check out the first trailer above.
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